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The 36 Communes

City of Saint-Estève

In the Roussillon plain, Saint-Estève is close to Perpignan, the A9 motorway and Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport. 15 minutes from the beaches and 1h30 from the mountains, Saint-Estève is a prosperous town that offers a quality of life! The surface area of the commune is 1,167 hectares and its altitude varies between 30 and 91 metres.

The story

Named "Villa Agusanum" in Roman times, the village later took the name "Sant Esteve del Monastir" in homage to Saint Stephen, the protector of the Benedictines who built a monastery in the town. They were the ones who cleared the irrigation network of the fertile land. Destroyed by the king of Aragon in 1343, the village suffered many vicissitudes in the course of history, notably due to the Franco-Spanish wars and the plague. During the siege of Perpignan in 1642, Louis XIII established his headquarters in Saint-Estève, in a farmhouse called "Mas del Rey": the King's Farmhouse. As an illustrious character, it should be noted that Molière also stayed there with his father Poquelin, the king's upholsterer.



Number of inhabitants

The town of Saint-Estève has a population of approximately 11,858 in 2021. Its inhabitants are called Stéphanois.

A real "urban green lung

Saint-Estève has a significant natural heritage with, among other things, an "urban green lung" in the north-west of the town. Located on 30 ha of forest, it includes a pond and its 12 ha living area. The pedestrian path along the Vernet Pia canal also offers the possibility of beautiful shady walks.